Oregon’s population of about 81 gray wolves will soon lose its status as a state-protected endangered species after a decision by state wildlife managers. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 4-2 late on Monday to remove the wolves from the list, saying they had recovered in sufficiently healthy numbers that they no longer faced the threat of extinction. Gray wolves, who are native to Oregon, were wiped out in the state by an eradication campaign in the early 20th century. They then returned in 2008 and have spread to several parts of the Pacific Northwest state.
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